Landfill Advisory Committee members threaten to resign

January 05, 1994|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

The seven members of the Millersville Landfill Advisory Committee threatened to resign last night unless the county executive meets with them in two weeks to address what they say has been a chronic lack of cooperation on the part of the county.

The committee today was to send County Executive Robert R. Neall a letter, asking him to set up a meeting in which county officials responsible for the landfill will participate.

In their heated meeting last night, members vented their frustrations with the county, which is under orders from the state to bring the landfill into compliance with environmental laws.

"You have not upheld your part of the bargain," George Taback, who heads the committee of community residents, told county officials attending last night's meeting.

The committee's main complaint is that it has not been furnished with complete information.

"I do not feel the county is dealing with us in a forthright manner," said committee member Ann Lewin. "I am so frustrated right now I don't think we are getting anywhere."

Mr. Taback said the committee decided to give the county another chance and to delay dissolving the group last night only after pleas from Councilman David G. Boschert, a Crownsville Democrat, that the panel meet with Mr. Neall.

"I think you are vital," Mr. Boschert told the committee last night, begging the members not to quit but to talk with Mr. Neall. The county executive created the committee, he noted. Members said they are the last ones to know about the county's plans to deal with the landfill's inadequacies, and are so ill-informed they didn't even know what questions to ask.

They cited three recent instances:

* Four homeowners whose properties abut the landfill received letters from the county in November saying the county would contact them about buying some of the land as a 500-foot buffer. The committee found out about this only when contacted by the distraught homeowners.

Committee members said they believed the law clearly requires a 1,000-foot buffer, barring extenuating circumstances, but none was cited in the letters.

* Members said the first time they learned about county plans to redesign one landfill pit was a mention in that letter.

A consultant to the county, Jim Trouba, said at the meeting that an old design for landfill changes at the pit must be redone.

* The members complained that the county was preparing to include the area abutting the landfill in the county water system without meeting the criteria and without telling the committee. Residents who have wells said more than half have not requested hookups to the public water system.

If, for health reasons, the county wants to put them on public water, the people have an even greater concern because there has been no notification that the well water is dangerous, the committee said.

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